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supervisor mirkarimi: good morning. i am ross mirkarimi. joining me supervisor david campos and we expect supervisor cohen to be joining a shortly. madam clerk, would you please read the first item tofu -- first item? items one, two, and 3. >> item 1. resolution authorizing the police department to retroactively accept and expend $155,370 of fy2007 supplemental port security grant program funds from item two,resolution authorizing
the police department to retroactively accept and expend $1,863,920 of fy2010 port security grant program funds from the federal emergency management agency. security grant program item three,resolution authorizing the police department to retroactively accept and expend $458,000 of fy2008 port security grant program funds from the federal emergency management agency. >> good morning. i realize all three items have to be addressed separately. is that correct? i can give an overview of the i can give an overview of the program to start off with. the grant program has been in existence since 2002. what we're dealing with here starts with a supplemental round out of 2007, funds out of 2008
and 2010. san francisco, as you know, we are considered a group one port area, designating as a high risk among the nation's ports. that assessment comes because of where we're located. we protect all the inland waters and everything else. the federal government deems us a high level of risk and has a number of programs to allow us to participate. the first item on the agenda was the 2007 supplemental. the things here, it is an entanglement system. there is no good way to stop a crook that is suspected of high terrorist or high risk threat. this is a webbing system that can be propelled and help us in an effort to stop them if we deem them necessary. there is a camera monitoring system that is in conjunction
with what we already have and some other security measures to make funds available to our department. we have the ability to view that from our emergency operations center. most of these here are the outboard motors. we have four more for more of our patrols. the current ones are at the end of their life cycle. these are available to us. currently, because that item is $110,000, there has been discussion about potential for us to come up with matching funds. initially, we were told there would be no match. we are in discussion whether or not we will provide a $36,000 match or cfo has identified a couple of sources, not necessarily general fund money, that we will be able to do that. we believe we will go forward with the project. supervisor mirkarimi: anything further of the three items? >> no, sir. supervisor mirkarimi: very good.
i'm curious. how does this relate to coastguard activity, with regard to their mutual assistance and their ability to aid the san francisco police department in providing assets or equipment in emergency functions or public safety functions? >> we have a working relationship with the coast guard. they are in the consideration with overall port security. we have the neptune coalition that brings together all of the regional partners for any major events and activities. we meet monthly. these are just equipment items after assessment of the resources that we have available throughout the region. they deem does available to enhance our equipment. supervisor mirkarimi: i am curious, if you can give us any kind of contrast to how oakland's port deals with some of their activities compared to the police department's activities and jurisdiction of
our own court. there has been a port in maritime traffic verses hours. it is less maritime in terms of its shipping service-related traffic and more tourist-related traffic. >> cargo on the open side and a passenger on our side. yes, sir. the open court is covered. they have an open police department marine unit that is smaller than ours. they are functional and have some assets that we don't have. the sheriff provides regional support for them. those are the assets. alameda has a marine assets there. throughout the bay waters, san francisco's borders actually extend out quite a bit further. i don't have the map in front of
me. they go out as far as alcatraz and weighs up. alameda county has everything to the south. supervisor mirkarimi: i have questions that go beyond the scope of what is before us, but it is related. we're looking at upgrades of assets and the police's ability to help protect the port with in the bay waters. i also want to ask -- we are expecting america's cup. it will have an unprecedented amount of passenger traffic as well as unfathom mobile tourist traffic on land and sea. i am curious how maybe some of this might assist in the preparation of this activity, which is taking place in about two years.
>> you are correct. we have planning sessions for america's cup with regional law enforcement, for the law branch. city government has an extensive group that they're doing meetings with. how this equipment relate to that is it will allow two of our boat to have new motors. we will be able to have a quicker, better response and less chance of breakdown. the first item on the agenda gives us the capability of stopping a boat that we do not have at this time. the land verses marine assets -- versus marine assets are bifurcated. that is being headed up and i am part of that as well. supervisor mirkarimi: very good. supervisor campos? anything? thank you, captain. we will ask for public comment
on items one, two, and three. public comment is closed. i believe these matters are straightforward. supervisor campos: i make a motion to move forward. supervisor mirkarimi: so moved. thank you very much. >> we will move on to the next item. 2008. i apologize. at the police commission, they had to do them separately. supervisor mirkarimi: we called them one, two, 3. if you would like to give us more information, this is the time to do so. >> a district court. i want to point out one thing. supervisor mirkarimi: let me quickly -- recent the vote on items two and 3 and apply that to item number 1. go ahead. >> my apologies. there is a very large asset that
is relevant. item number one is listed in the 2010 project. we are getting $1 million for a twin-engine catamaran vehicle. this will be a huge asset to the department. it is a much more stable platform than our boats then -- that we operate out. it is designed for any chemical, biological response. it can double as a command post platform. i don't know if everyone is aware, but the marine unit is cross training as underwater divers. this will be a great dive platform. that is one asset we are really looking forward to. that was the only comment. supervisor mirkarimi: ok. anything else on the other two items that you want to speak to? >> they are straightforward. they cover marine operation. given the upcoming events, we are having time trials, practice
runs, by america's cup on the bay. during moon -- during the month of june, there will be warm up races. there will be a lot of activity. all these resources will help us respond and make it a safe event. supervisor mirkarimi: and with such new assets, like a catamaran, are we getting pleasure craft cruises? >> i am sure certain individuals will be able to evaluate them for their efficiency. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. thank you. we will go ahead and entertain motions on items two and three. supervisor campos: move to approve both items. supervisor mirkarimi: so approved. thank you. please read item number four. >> item four,hearing on the comprehensive report for the san francisco family violence 2010. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you.
good morning. we will be hearing from members of the family violence council. it is dedicated to addressing issues around child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. there was a 2010 report on family violence in san francisco. the 58 counties are all mandated by the state attorney general to convene assemblies. ours is the only one to take this cross disciplinary approach. we're bringing together these three communities of advocates and public officials to solve problems collectively. i want to especially recognize the three chairs of the council, cathy, the child abuse prevention center, beverly, with the domestic violence consortium, mary of the uc irvine center, and dr. emily.
we look forward to the presentations here and all the advocates have really helped san francisco move with great progress in the city and county. great to see you. good morning. >> and good morning. good morning, and thank you for hosting this hearing today. i am pleased to present to the findings and recommendations from the 2010 report on family violence in san francisco. it is available at our website. sfgov.org/dosw. today, we are shining a light on the problem of family violence in san francisco. you are well aware of the number of homicides that occur annually in our city according to the police department's uniform crime reports, available online. in bad years, we have had 98.
gatt -- last year, we had a record low of 45 homicides. at the same time, what our report shows is that for the past three years, the average number of domestic violence cases received by the police department has numbered just over 4000. any one of which could become a homicide. we hear a lot about a gang of street violence, but there is some much more we can and must do to prevent family violence. we have three years' worth of data on child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. i will turn the agenda over to the council's -- the chairs of the council's. they will be followed by community advocates. i urge you to join us in the fight against family violence. i would like to bring up kathy
baxter and ask that the folks from the child abuse advocacy community, together, followed by beverly and mary. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. good morning. >> it is nice to be here. i feel really privilege to be here as part of the family violence council. for a long time, we have worked in silos. child abuse did not speak to domestic violence programs. since we have to come -- since we have come together, i understand how much we have in common and how much the issue goes across these areas. since i have a brief time to highlight three of the recommendations in this read -- in this last report, the focus in on child abuse. the first was a policy issue. the penal code calls for a child abuse implementation plan for every county in california and many of the county's do not have one. san francisco does not have one.
if a person is convicted, they're supposed to be able to attend a 52-week program mandated and supervised by probation. the council created a committee that worked for over a year looking at the rest of the state, santa clara, san diego, which have the program. at the end of this, we developed a proposal. it became a recommendation in the report. we were asking for the adult probation department to look for a way to certify a program in our county for the department of public health to look at increased funding and support to the violence intervention program, formerly the center for special problems. one judge would oversee this, similar to the domestic violence court. we are working with the probation chief and with barbara garcia. we have a meeting with them on
monday and we hope to be able to report back to you on where we are going with this one recommendation. the next implementation we will be looking at was that a. -- data. dispatchers would call any call they got as domestic violence. we thought more code should be created for child abuse and elder abuse. we have three new coats for child abuse. assault, aggravated assault, and well being checked. now police know if they're going to see a child. next year, we will be able to tell you more accurately what the child abuse dispatchers are dealing with. we train them every year and they are dedicated people that want to be able to do this. the third recommendation is the one i wanted to spend a little more time on. we were given the job of
creating a child advocacy center in san francisco by the public partners we work with. we have had an interview center in the basement for a long time. it is where we interview all children. we do one forensic interview and we deal with what has happened. we need to move to a full- fledged child advocacy center that can be accredited. it ain't to be in a child- friendly space and we need to be able to meet standards. this past year, the child abuse prevention center has worked with our public partners in developing an mou that all of the public partners have signed. we're working toward finding a space in the bayview district to create a new child advocacy center where we will be able to do the forensic interviews, law enforcement investigation, child protective services investigation, victim advocacy,
and case management, and enhance mental health component for the children we see. we have partnered with another group called the center for youth wellness. it is pediatric care and mental health services for the children. we hope in the next week or two to secure relocation and to move into the new location in october of 2012. we ask your support for the concept. we will be back before you. there are many issues that will have to come before the board. we are excited about this one- stop shopping center that can be for all of our children who are victims of abuse and trauma. these are three of the main recommendations. i thank you very much for your support. we have had wonderful support from the board of supervisors and the mayor's office. supervisor mirkarimi: i have a question. i absolutely do support the idea of a one-stop shop.
it will help synthesize services. the services will be well- affirmed and accredited. absolutely. it is a step in the right direction. for the public's edification, why gave you? >> we began this work. one of the first people we keep -- we went to was our district attorney. we looked at the numbers of families receiving where families reside. the majority come from the bay view area. that is where many of the children live. there are not as many resources. we thought this would be a good place to locate. it is also close to city college and a new children's hospital. it is not that far from san francisco general hospital. to be honest and forthright, it is an area where we could afford possibly to buy a building at this time. supervisor mirkarimi: in terms
of capacity in need, that is the direction. it is important to underscore the fact that when i am looking at incidences' per 1000 children, you have other communities that are not in that area that rank fairly high. >> absolutely. the center for youth wellness' will focus on children in the bay view. our child advocacy center will focus citywide. it will be citywide. it currently does. we service all of the children were exposed to violence and child abuse. this will continue to do that. supervisor mirkarimi: we have been seeing the yearly figures of the new census data that is coming out that, based on your child population figures here, might be undercounting what the true child population may be in san francisco, especially in areas that are routinely distressed in domestic violence or child abuse. wouldn't that add more reason to have a citywide focus on this
question? >> absolutely. it will have a citywide focus. we also have a safe start project, looking at children 0 up to six that have been exposed to domestic violence. that is also citywide. we work with family research centers throughout the community. supervisor mirkarimi: i know this is extremely important to supervisor campos and myself. what about modeling will immigrant families -- monolingual immigrant families? there is lack of engagement with the city in dealing with these kinds of -- these kinds of assault. how do you address that? >> the work we do right now with the police department, with public health, with social services, we work closely. interviewers are trained to do interviews in english and spanish. a large population of the
interviews are held in spanish. it is a major issue for us and a lot about reach. we work closely with children exposed to violence. that will continue to be a big focus for us. supervisor mirkarimi: supervisor campos? supervisor campos: thank you. i was wondering if you could go back to the beginning of your presentation. you indicated that san francisco was missing what, exactly? was it an actual plan? >> the penal code in the california mandate that every county have an intervention program and a child abuse intervention program. are county has the battery intervention program. we have never had a child abuse intervention plan. that is because the numbers we think are small and we have people here from adult probation who can talk about this. we are were look -- we were looking at the numbers. we have around 29 people on
probation for criminal child abuse. these are not the families that go through cp yes and are involved in family court. these people go through criminal court and are prosecuted. the council says there should be a 52-week program similar to the battery intervention program for child abuse. when you look around california, many of the county's do not have this program. they don't have it. we try to find other alternatives. we get calls often from adult probation. we have people here who can tell you what they try to do to find something. we wanted to see if it was feasible to have a program. that is why we are meeting with barbara garcia and wendy, who are supportive of this concept. can we find the funding for it? supervisor campos: does the penal code make that an option? or is it a requirement?
if it is a requirement, in respect of whether or not you think it is a good idea or it is feasible or not, if it is a requirement, it is a requirement. >> it is a requirement. there is no -- if you don't do it, nothing will happen to you. most of the counties are not doing it. we believe that we should look at it. we are looking at best practices and what makes sense. how can we offer things to these people who go through the system so they will not reoffend? we need tools to monitor people on probation. supervisor campos: we are legally required. >> we are. that is part of the reason why we brought it to the family violence council. when the judge took over as the domestic violence a judge, he would send me a code almost weekly saying, what are we doing about this? we have been working. we were working with the center for special problems.
it has had some budget cuts. it has moved several times. the staff as been reduced. the capacity at that time was not there. supervisor campos: how long have we been out of compliance with the penal code? >> i don't know the exact date. i think it is the least 10 years. supervisor campos: as a lawyer, if there is some tragedy that happens, and the fact that the city was out of compliance with this requirement, could that open up the city to liability because they did not comply with that requirement? >> i am not an attorney. i think it mandates it, but does not give funding for it. supervisor campos: that happens a lot. there are many unfunded mandates. >> that is why this is one of the top priorities and we spent a year on it, looking at why we don't and what is the best
practice, and how can we make this happen now. supervisor campos: just a final question. what is the timeline for bringing the city and county into compliance with the penal code? >> we're meeting on monday with the chief and barbara garcia. we hope -- we are asking for a feasibility study. we would hope within the next six months to be able to have something agree to pawn and up and going. supervisor campos: thank you very much. supervisor mirkarimi: you did not mention the chief in this case on juvenile probation. wouldn't that also be a likely partner? >> adult probation has the mandate to do this. that is why we were looking at adult probation. supervisor mirkarimi: i am a little concerned.
everything is ready to hit the city and county of san francisco. what will adult probation have to brace itself for? without funding, it is that much more of an expectation of the department. the water mains could breach the four -- the dam. thank you. >> thank you for your support. supervisor mirkarimi: next, please? >> i wanted to introduce paty, one of our community advocates. she will speak about the work in child abuse prevention. >> thank you very much. i am not a professional. i've worked in san francisco. i have the good fortune to be in your district. supervisor mirkarimi, we employ over 140 people who live here in the city. almost all our parents. some are grandparents. they live in the valley come in
the mission, tenderloin, chinatown, trying to raise families in these communities. last year, we launched a public awareness campaign, partners and prevention. we are trying to embrace every but a -- everybody. we embraced them as partners in prevention. the mission is to protect childhood and to enhance and empower families to help their children, to raise them in a healthy environment. i want to throw my hat into the ring and say that we are open to anything the city would require a bus to help. i want to give my support and whatever i can toward the accomplishment of receiving any support from the board for a child advocacy center. supervisor mirkarimi: